why we need a murder board

How did the United States military prepare for the mission against Osama Bin Laden? How does a person prepare to testify before congress? How do low-level government officials plan to brief high-level officials? How do attorneys prepare a witness for cross-examination? They set up a murder board.
A murder board is a group of people that gather to question a plan or presentation. The job of the murder board is to “murder” the plan or presentation by questioning it to death. Murder boards are set up to remove blind spots and prepare the presenter for every kind of situation. The murder board is designed to expose holes plans and presentations and force modifications to eliminate the weakness.
Anyone who is going to present a plan or a presentation needs to face a murder board. Those who do not, usually suffer the consequences. When Robert Bork was nominated for the Supreme Court, he was scheduled face a series of murder boards. He went to one murder board session and then cancelled all of the rest. He never made it to the Supreme Court. Later, officials would say he needed more time to prepare.
The truth is, we all need a murder board. We need people who will question what we do and how we do it. We need someone in our lives who will ask us the hard questions that no one else will ask. We need people we can trust to speak the truth in love. Proverbs 11:14 says, “Without guidance, people fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance.” And Proverbs 15:22 “Plans fail when there is no counsel, but whoever listens to counsel is wise.”
This age is an age that tells us to follow our own hearts and not to let anyone question what we do. But what we really need is a good murder board.


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